We are autistic individuals who had no way to communicate, until someone introduced us to typing.
It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of individuals living with autism spectrum disorders are non-verbal. That is, they cannot functionally communicate with others using their voice.
Typing isn’t for everyone, but for us it OPENS THE WINDOW TO THE WORLD and awesomely introduces relationship at a profoundly meaningful level.
With a Little Help From Our Friends
We have recently been contacted by a couple of visitors to our website that had some helpful information to offer that can improve our understanding of some of the issues we face every day, and perhaps make it just a little easier to deal with some of these issues.
We received an email from Zoey Miller, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Babble Out, a blog dedicated to issues parents, especially new moms, face on a daily basis. Topics discussed include Baby & Parenting, Health as it pertains to both babies and parents, and Life issues that we all deal with.
In the article "Everything You Have to Know About Autism," Zoey provides a well-written overview of many of the issues ASD families face from a very personal point of view.
We want to thank Rachel Anne Zimmers for telling us about this online interactive planner that can help you plot your child''s schedule, meals, activities, medications, and more.
All parents know how difficult it is to keep track of everything going on with their kids. From meals, to medications, to the daily schedule, children’s lives seem every bit as complicated as adults’ – maybe more. When a child has special needs, the complexity is raised to another level. Discover user-friendly ways to schedule your child’s day, record your child’s meals, track games and activities, log medications, and share emergency contact information.
Poorman the Compassionate, An Essay by John Smyth
Nonverbal autistic John Smyth is a prolific writer. He is currently in his sophomore year at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. As a class assignment in his Theology course, John was given an assignment to "Reflect on a person whom you know that demonstrates Compassion."
What follows is the essay John wrote about Laura Poorman-Richmond, the Facilitated Communication Trainer who discovered that John was not a critically disabled young man who could not read, learn, or speak, as the teachers and administrators of his school system believed. The essay is followed by a transcript of the interview he conducted with Poorman, as he calls her.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,
because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
We strive to educate the public about why it is important to presume competence of nonverbal autistics, to help train school boards and faculties how to accept and aid nonverbal students, and to show nonverbals and their families that, with work and training, it is possible to open lines of communication that they believed was not possible.
Every child has the right to receive an education, but it isn't always easy to get the education they deserve. Within the law, there are specific procedural safeguards to protect your child’s rights. However, many educators are untrained and unprepared to teach children with special needs. Sometimes, we need to stand up for ourselves and Fight for those rights.
We all need a little help every now and then. Many families with a child on the "Spectrum" rely on this help, be it educational, special training, support services, or even financial assistance, to provide for their children's needs. To help find the needed support, we have compiled a list of resources, including education, training, service organizations, products and services, and more.
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